Luke Pell is an artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland who collaborates with people and places, imagining alternative contexts for performance, participation and discourse that might reveal wisdoms for living. Working with words and movements - words as movements - to draw together seemingly unrelated constellations of bodies and thought their practice takes form as intimate encounters - poetic objects, installations, performances and designed environments - choreographies in print and in person.
Luke’s work has been presented throughout the UK and internationally including: Bloomsbury Festival; Cruising for Art at Anti- Festival Finland and In Between Time Bristol; Edinburgh International Book Festival; Dance International Glasgow at Tramway; Take Me Somewhere Glasgow; Dansens Hus Stockholm; E-Motional Romania; LeithLate Edinburgh; Light Moves Ireland; Luminate Festival Scotland; Unlimited Festival Southbank Centre; StAnza International Poetry Festival and I’m With You for Room of Requirement Berlin. Luke has also performed for Rosemary Lee’s Meltdown, Janice Parker, Helena Hunter and Pacitti Company, DIVE Queer Party, Naked Boys Reading and recently appeared as a guest writer in James Ley’s Love Song for Lavender Menace at The Lyceum, Edinburgh and with Oasissy at Queer Theory, Glasgow and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Digital work includes the award-wining Take Me To Bed with Jo Verrent, An Open Field with Fevered Sleep, A Long Side with Lucy Cash and Emilyn Claid, and Crossings with Dance Base. He was co-editor for the Embodiment, Interactivity and Digital Performance edition of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices.
Luke’s growing body of writing for dance - online, in print and performed in person - has been commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts, Scottish Dance Theatre, Skånes Dansteater, Southbank Centre, Live Art Development Agency, Yorkshire Dance, the Invisible Difference Project and TanzPlatform. In 2018 Luke was nominated for the inaugural One Dance UK Dance Writing Award.
"Over time I've described myself as maker, curator, dramaturg, queer. At heart, I would say I'm a poet - engaged in choreographic thinking"
Luke is Associate Artist with Fevered Sleep and is a Dance Base Associate Artist 2017-2019.